The 470 is an Olympic Class
Dinghy recognised by ISAF. Sailed by both men and women, it was designed
in 1963 by the Frenchman André Cornu as a modern fibreglass planing
The name is the overall length of the boat in centimeters (the boat is
4.70 metres long). The hull is fiberglass with integral buoyancy tanks.
The International 470 Class is the class of boat used for both the men’s
two person and women’s two person dinghy events at the Olympic Games.
Used as Olympic equipment since 1976, where the class was sailed as an
open event before the introduction of separate events for men and women
in 1988, the 470 is sailed in more than 61 nations around the world.
A strict one design class, the 470 has proved its pedigree as an Olympic
class, being a high performance sailing dinghy suitable for body weights
from all continents and to performing across a wide range of weather conditions.
Across the 9 Olympic Games in which the 470 Class has been raced, more
than 18 different nations have secured Olympic medals in the men’s
and women’s events, demonstrating the depth of participation and
The 470 is equipped with spinnaker and trapeze, making teamwork necessary
to sail it well. The 470 is not difficult, but to be competitive everything
should be mastered to perfection. Tactically the boat is demanding because
speed differences are small and fleets are usually big. To be competitive,
everything should be mastered to perfection and the 470 is often quoted
as the most challenging, dynamic and thrilling to sail of the boats at